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Geri Allen (June 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Allen was an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Allen was born in Pontiac, Michigan and educated in the Detroit Public Schools. In 2006, Allen was commissioned to compose "For the Healing of the Nations", a Sacred Jazz Suite for Voices, written in tribute to the victims, survivors and their families of the September 11 attacks. The suite was performed by Howard University's Afro-Blue Jazz Choir, under the direction of Connaitre Miller.

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